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Severance
DVD disk
10.18.2007 By: Sturdy
Severance order
Director:
Christopher Smith

Actors:
Danny Dyer
Laura Harris
Tim McInnerny

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of office co-workers wind up taking a team building retreat while on tour in the Middle East. On the way, they hit a roadblock and decide to walk through a forest to get to their lodge. Soon, they realize theyíre not alone in the forest as one by one, they get brutally murdered.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have to admit that I had not heard of this film before receiving it in the mail to review on DVD. When I read the back of the package, I was very excited about the prospects. I figured it was going to be an episode of The Office, but with bloody murders sprinkled throughout. Unfortunately, this film succumbed to the pitfalls of many horror films before it and was too anxious to get the characters killed than to do it with any style or comedy.

The premise is a promising one. You have a group of office co-workers that are stranded in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere, in a foreign country, all the while being stalked by crazy killers. Immediately, Iím drawn to the idea of seeing bitter office employees sell each other out and smiling as the office weasels get killed in creative and satisfying ways. Unfortunately, we didnít really get that and instead we got a bunch of strangers we donít know anything about get killed in typical horror movie fashion.

I think horror movies are the hardest genre to be original with, but nowadays it seems like nobodyís trying. The frustrating thing about this film is that the potential is there, they just never realize it. There was even opportunity to tie in the fact they work for a weapons manufacturing firm and link that to the people killing them. However, the urgency to get everyone killed took over and creative storytelling suffered.

As much as the film bored and frustrated me, I will say thereís a point at the end involving a missile that made me laugh out loud for a while. It was completely random and I didnít see it coming. Other than that one scene, I canít say I enjoyed too much else. The acting was typical for a horror film and the directing was very average. Overall, I think most of the people that will be inclined to watch this film have probably already seen one exactly like it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Christopher Smith, Danny Dyer, Tim McInneray, Andy Nyman, Babou Ceesay, John Frankish and James Moran: Itís a congested commentary, but itís definitely not slow. Itís dominated by Smith and Dyer, but the others chime in occasionally and offer their two cents. They have a lot of interesting and funny anecdotes about everything in the film. They get along well and have fun with the commentary.

Genesis of Severance (5:09): This is a quick featurette detailing the evolution of the script and idea of SEVERANCE and the changes it went through before it hit the big screen. It mainly featured the writer and director discussing the script, but was a nice summary of what the script went through.

Making of Severance (35:13): This is nice because it has a lot of behind the scenes shots and virtually no movie clips. All the actors give interviews and it pretty much covers everything involved with actually filming the movie.

Behind the Scenes (12:30): This is a collection of random behind the scenes footage. It has no structure, so itís frustrating to watch. I think this was a little overkill and we got enough of what we needed in the making-of featurette.

Deleted Scenes (8:30): These are mainly dialogue scenes, but nothing stood out as worthy of being put back in the film. They still needed more character development and these scenes didnít do anything to add to that.

Outtakes (1:41): Nothing too special here. These are mainly brief glimpses of characters dropping things and laughing about it. Again, itís nothing that couldnít have been combined with another featurette.

Intro Sequence Animatic (2:50): Iím not sure why this was included, but itís basically an animated version of the opening scene.

Being Danny Dyer (5:32): Danny Dyer was relied on petty heavily to provide the laughs in the film, so itís fitting he has his own featurette. If you know who he is and you like him, then this might be up your alley. Iíve never heard of him and all this was is him dropping a bunch of f-bombs.

Danny Fight Scene (2:07): This is a filmed session of Danny Dyer going over his fight scene in a training room. Thatís about it.

Crashing a Coach (8:32): This is an 8 minute featurette of how the filmmakers crashed the bus used in the film. Basically, the director needed a big bus and had to crash it for real. I didnít find this too interesting, but if you love bus crashes and like seeing them crash, this might be for you.

Additional Footage of Crashing a Coach (2:04): Seriously? This is exactly what it says it is. Alternate scenes of the bus crashing.

Not so Special Effects (5:05): This is a simple featurette about the very simple special effects used in the movie. The featurette doesnít have much structure and itís mainly a bunch of behind the scenes shots of the actors using the props.

Ballistic Corporate Video (1:46): This is the full video that was shown on the bus in the beginning.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Unfortunately, there are too many problems with this film to make it a safe recommend. It has a couple of funny moments, but the overall result is a dull, unoriginal film that weíve all seen before.
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